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Routes in Palisade Head

A Feathery Tong T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
A Sinner’s Last Gift T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
A mind Forever Voyaging A3+ PG13
Aching Alms T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Arms Race T,TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Bluebells T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bridges over Troubled Water T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Choice of a New Generation, The T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Christmas Tree Crack T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Danger High Voltage T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Don't bring a knife to a gun fight a.k.a. "Gun Fight" T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Double Breasted Anchor T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Driving in Duluth T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Ecclesiastes T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Echoes S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ex Nihilo T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Flight School T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Fool's Progress, The S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Gales of November, The T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Genetically Correct T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Goliath's Finger Crack T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Great Bird Chimney, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Happy Happy, Joy Joy S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Hidden Agenda T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hidden Treasure T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
I Could've Been a Contender T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Iron Maiden T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Jim's Crack T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
KGB T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Laceration Jam T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Lapidarian T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Long Distance Commute T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lord of the flies (free) AKA: Comrades in Slings (aid) T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Mabley's Traverse T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Mack the Knife T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mann Act T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Mr. Lean T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Night Vision T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Old Men in Tight Pants TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Oz - (AKA The Road To Emerald City) T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Palisaid T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Phantom Corner TR 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Phantom Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Poseidon Adventure T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Praise the Many Seraphim T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Presents T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pussyfoot T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Quetico Crack T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rapprochement T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Scars and Tripes Forever T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Socket Wrench T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Soli Deo Gloria T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Squab T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sunny and Sheer T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Superior Arete T,TR 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Superior Crack T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Swimsuits and Harnesses T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Swizzlestick Legs T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Urge to Mate T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Warrior's Last Dance On Earth TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Water Babies T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Wise Guys T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Withering Heights T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Yellow Feather T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Trad, 105 ft
FA: (FA) Rick Kollath, Dave Pagel, (FFA) James Loveridge
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Shared By: Kris Gorny on Sep 4, 2007
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Description

Formerly known as "Knife Guys Finish First" (A3). Start on pedestal in corner (Same start as for "Withering Heights" a super dirty and loose 5.11). Sustained thin crack climbing with good pro throughout. Start is protected with two pieces of fixed gear. After that it's small to medium TCU's and/or Aliens. Very good rest in the middle when you need it. Follow crack/shallow-dihedral to dirty alcove 25' from top. At alcove, move left 3' to clean widening crack and follow it to the belay perch.

Location

On the north face of North Tower (prominent buttress N of "Mack The Knife"). The climb ascends the distinct, left trending S-shaped crack system on the northern side of the Tower. Set up anchors on top of the tower to hang over the edge at the nice belay perch 5' below top of tower. Rap to the base of tower (route starts on top of pedestal). NOTE: A 60M rope just makes it to the bottom with rope stretch. If you want to TR, do it from a top belay set up and make sure you place a couple directional's as you rap/lower to the start (a couple small cams to 1" and a draw for upper fixed piece should do it).

Protection

Bring full trad rack, Cams up to #2 Camalot. Heavy on small to medium cams.

Thanks to James Loveridge for providing the detailed route info.
BIATHLON
Duluth Mn
  5.11b
BIATHLON   Duluth Mn
  5.11b
I thought this was 4 stars for sure. Good pro, fun sequencial climbing on great rock. A few long runners are useful on the bottom to prevent rope drag. Sep 2, 2009
chris deulen
Castle Rock
 
chris deulen   Castle Rock
 
Awesome job cleaning up this climb James. You should get an extra hundred points, or at least a root beer. Jul 22, 2008
What a great route!
One of if not my favorite routes at Palisade...
Awesome movement at the bottom that is only slightly marred by the climbing at the end.
It was a pleasure belaying Randy on this route and seconding it.

I would HIGHLY recommend this route. Jun 23, 2008
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
  5.11b
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
  5.11b
just a fun, lovely route. bomber fingers, techy feet, sequential crux. Jun 23, 2008
James Loveridge
Minneapolis, MN
 
James Loveridge   Minneapolis, MN
 
That's the Rick we all know and love. Mr. sour grapes (grin). I hear ya on Poseidon being a higher quality route. No debate there but I think the "enthusiasm" for Gunfight comes from the fact that it is a well protected route at a moderately "hard" grade. It's the only 5.11- at P-head that most climbers who's maximum current ability is 5.11 can onsite. Poseidon is well harder and the pro is not that great, therefore it doesn't get led very much. When it does it is almost always done by climbers who are MUCH stronger then the route requires. I changed my star rating to reflect your comments but I am confident that Gunfight will get climbed (led) WAY more than Poseidon in the years to come. I will admit however that Popularity does not always coincide with quality. Just look at most movies, music and politicsÂ… Apr 9, 2008
This is a really fine route but to put it in the same class as "Poseidon Adventure"is to render the star rating system moot (sorry James). The latter merits four stars, the former at least one less. I'd say generally folks could be a little less enthusiastic. Jan 9, 2008